• May 19, 2022

Three Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade County, FL

Miami-Dade County, FL -- May 18, 2022, three people sustained injuries due to an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed along the turnpike.

Investigators reported that the crash took place early Wednesday in the area of I-75 and Northwest 199th Street.

According to officials, an 18-wheeler traveling along the turnpike somehow lost control and crashed into the median barrier. This caused the truck to overturn and go into oncoming traffic lanes. An SUV and a car then crashed with the truck.

The drivers from each vehicle had non-life-threatening injuries, reports say. The cause of the crash remains unclear at this time.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on I-75 at NW 199th in Miami-Dade

For a truck to suddenly lose control this drastically, obviously something has to go very wrong. But that doesn't automatically mean the truck driver was being reckless. Things like tire blowouts, mechanical issues, and medical emergencies can happen. But those possibilities can still be incredibly complex, and they warrant thorough investigations.

For example, let's say there's a situation like one I handled not long ago where a truck driver crashed due to a medical emergency. This all seemed like it was just an unavoidable, sudden accident. As we dug into things, though, it turned out the crash was a lot more avoidable than the trucking company wanted us to believe.

Miami-Dade County, FL 18-wheeler Accident nw 199th Florida Turnpike

Investigations revealed that the truck driver had a lengthy medical history that showed it would be all but reckless to let him drive a multi-ton commercial truck. His medical conditions were such that it was just a matter of time before something went wrong and he got himself or someone else killed. That company either knew about this and put him on the road anyway, or they were so inept they didn't see how obviously dangerous that was. It's difficult to say which would be worse.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but simply put, this is not the sort of thing authorities generally look into on their own. That's why complex truck wrecks are usually best off in the hands of experienced independent investigators. Are those steps being taken here?


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